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Department of Political Science Democracy Studies

Doctoral Programme Democracy Studies


The Doctoral Programme Democracy Studies is an interdisciplinary doctoral training at the University of Zurich under the Social Sciences group in the Graduate School of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

Democracy Studies supports the study of diverse and multifaceted qualitative and quantitative approaches to the phenomenon of democracy and its manifestations. 


Democracy Studies UZH

Spring Semester 2024

Activity Date Instructor Location Notes
Democracy Studies Research Colloquium 30 May 2024
Doreen Spörer-Wagner  AFL F 101 Democracy Studies Curriculum- Core Module (members only)
Democracy Studies Advanced Module "Democracy and the Climate Crisis" 20-21 June 2024
h. 09:00-17:00
Hannah Werner AFL F 101 Democracy Studies Curriculum - Advanced Module

Agenda Democracy Studies UZH

  • Mon, 9.9.
    14:00 Uhr
    9.9.2024, 14:00: 10th Swiss Summer School in Democracy Studies S3DS24 - Democratic Backsliding
  • Mon, 9.9.
    14:30 Uhr
    9.9.2024, 14:30: Democracy under Threat: How Education Can Save It - S3DS24
  • Tue, 10.9.
    09:00 Uhr
    10.9.2024, 09:00: Theorising Democratic Progress and Regressions - S3DS24



What members say:

“The DPDS gave me a heartfelt and supportive environment, where I could learn and grow during my time as a PhD student, expand my academic horizon, and establish wonderful friendships that will remain.” D.K.

“With its close-knit and supportive cohort of peers, the varied and stimulating course offer, and an enjoyable and well-adjusted environment, DPDS has been one of the best educational/professional decisions I have ever made.” C.V.

“It feels enriching to be a newcomer to the Democracy Studies community after a gap year without attending any uni courses. For me, Democracy Studies means an exciting exchange with like-minded people. We can grow together.” R.C.